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in sight. i'm bill hemmer. the team is back together this morning. martha: did you have a great week? bill: when is it not a great week in august? martha: the fire is a huge story. 3,000 firefighters are on the front lines battling what's called the rim fire. it's 7% contained. strong winds are expected to fan those flames. not a good situation. rescue officials say 4,500 homes and businesses are in harm's way as the flames edge closer to civilization. people in that area obviously very frightened. >> i'm trying to keep my kids calm and not have them too worried about what's going on up there. >> you can actually see planes from our house now. hopefully it doesn't go there. so far it's safe. bill: what have you learned about that, dominic? >> reporter: 15,000 acres have been burnt bad. the white wolf area popular with campers have been closed down. 13 camps have been burnt to the crowd. one campground school for 50 years. we also understand that the central valley could be experiencing some smoke. the central valley of yosemite is the most iconic of all national parks in the united states
decision. martha: the ships in the mediterranean are loaded with tomahawk missiles. they could be launched from those warships in the eastern mediterranean. they have speeds of 550 miles an hour. they can hit targets 1,000 miles away, and they very well may be employed if this does get underway. bill: how involved should the u.s. be in syria. log on, tell us what you think. 44% say get out completely. 36% say only humanitarian aid. 11% support the u.s. giving weapons to the rebels. ambassador john bolton with what the u.s. should do now. martha: jack lew alerting congress the national credit card is almost maxed south again. he says come october we'll not be able to pay our bills unless we raise the at the country can borrow. the white house is warning of a possible financial crisis if we can't borrow any more. stuart, what do you make of this? >> here we go again. treasury secretary lew says we'll only have $50 billion in the bank cash on hands. we spend $9 billion every day. so $50 billion is far too close for comfort. president obama says he's not going to negotiate on this. he wants a
in syria. we all await his decision as does the world. martha: we have new reports from the "wall street journal" that the white house is moving quickly on this because they have reason to believe syria is planning to launch another chemical attack in the country's largest city aleppo. wait wants to accomplish with action. molly henneberg is live at the white house leading our coverage. what is the white house saying? >> the u.s. has to get involved because the world community cannot leave a chemical attack or chemical attacks plural unanswered. but the white house says the goal is not to out of syrian president bashar al-asaad. even though the obama administration believes this is not the only chemical weapons attack by the regime this year. >> the options being considered by the president and his national security team are not around the question of whether chemical weapons were used in syria on a massive scale causing death and injury to innocents women and children. its many not whether they are responsible, it's what is the he appropriate response to this clear violation of internat
. [ laughter ] see you. martha: a chilling story out of oklahoma. two teenagers charged with murder, a third with accessory. 22-year-old christopher lane on a baseball scholarship in oklahoma, he's from australia. the teenagers admit they did it. listen as they try to save this young man. >> they are on the way. they can't company faster. martha: we have more on that 911 call. we are going to talk about this story. it's compelling and very unnerving. gregg: a military judge says she'll announce sentence for bradley manning this morning. her decision expected about an hour and a half from now. bradley manning was convicted of giving hundreds of thousands of classified documents to wikileaks while he worked as an intelligence analyst in iraq. the 20-year-old facing up to 90 years in prison. the prosecutor asking for at least 60 years. manning apologizing for what he has done and he asked for the judge's mercy because he had a difficult childhood. martha: new details on the nsa surveillance program. the "wall street journal" says the nsa can spy on 75 per of all internet traffic. gregg: 75% of
-bye, everybody. nice to be with you. martha: thanks, you guys. well, dramatic 911 call that turned what could have been a mass school tragedy into peaceful outcome. what a story this is today. we're now hearing exactly how a school bookkeeper came face-to-ce with a mad gunman. there was a scene of panic as everybody ran out of that school. she talked him off the ledge. she talked him into surrender. much good morning, everybody, i'm martha maccallum here in "america's newsroom." what a story this is. gregg: incredible courage. i'm gregg jarrett in for bill hemmer. listen to the hero of this story. her name is antoinette toff. she came face-to-face with the shooting suspect, michael brand done hill. >> oh i'm in the front office. he went outside to start shooting. [gunfire] can i run? >> can you get somewhere safe? >> yeah. i got to go. and he's coming back. >> put the phone down. >> okay. she said she is getting police to tell him to back off for you, okay? >> tell them to stop all movement. >> okay. okay. >> stop all movement now on the ground. stop all movement on the ground. he said don't
morning to you, martha, in new york. martha: i'm martha maccallum live in "america's newsroom" this morning. several countries are standing against the syrian regime saying they want to take action and now britain and france are saying they may hold off on their decision until the united nations finishes their work. president obama says is short strike he believes will be effective. >> if we're saying in a clear and decisive but very limited way, we send a shot across the bow staying stop doing, that can have a positive impact on our national security over the long term. bill: molly henneberg leads our coverage live on the north lawn. poly, there will be more meetings today there, but this one is with leaders from congress, and what do we know about that meeting today? >> reporter: the president will two more in depth what the white house is saying all week. that this was a chemical attack they believe, that the u.s. can not let it go unanswered and the president is expected to lay out to congressional leaders his options and classified intelligence behind these options. there
into the public sector as well. good morning, everybody, i'm martha maccallum in "america's newsroom." gregg: i'm gregg jarrett in for bill hemmer. obamacare provides many employers to provide coverage to anyone who works at least 30 hours a week. but to get around that, some employers are just cutting back on the hours this report coming just days after ups announced it will not provide coverage to husbands and wives of employees who can get insurance on their own. martha: ups is not alone in this. many employers fear they will not be able to afford it. some saying they still don't know what's in the law. this is years after it was signed into law and nancy pelosi famously said this. >> we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it away from the fog of the controversy. martha: the truth is, we are still finding out what's in it, stuart. companies are still scratching their heads saying we're not really sure how this will affect us and what it will cost us. stuart is the host of "varney & company" on the fox business network. what do you make of this latest news? >> it is chan
stephanopoulos" starts now. >>> good morning. i'm martha raddatz. george has the morning off. it's great to have you with us. and we begin with breaking news as more than 20 embassies and consulates are closing around the world right now. and here at home, increased security measures are now in place. abc news has learned this morning that the intercepted communications that led to the alert indicate terrorists are planning an attack that is going to be big and, quote, strategically significant. yesterday the white house held an hour's long meeting, high-level meeting with the country's top national security officials to discuss the response to the threat, and we've just learned what went on at that meeting, so let's go straight to jon karl, who is at the white house, and, jon, it sounds like the national security community is really spooked by this. >> reporter: no doubt about that, martha. the high-level meetings here at the white house over the weekend are a sign of just how seriously the u.s. is taking this threat. in fact, officials tell us they believe that there are al qaeda operatives al
on the ground treating thousands of patients, revealing the symptoms tonight. abc's martha raddatz standing by in the region. yosemite on fire. our team inside the park tonight. how close are the flames to sites. a major city, that fire threatening power and water. remember the dream. tonight the march to washington 50 years after the reverend martin luther king made that dream first. how his "i have a dream" speech is being kept alive. and an american voice silenced. ♪ you're no good, baby you're no good ♪ >> singer linda rostadt revealed, the condition that has stolen her voice. >>> good evening, great to have you with us on a saturday night. we begin with that growing urgency over syria. american warships being repositioned, what is coming next? president obama in a rare white house meeting with his national security advisors today. this prompted the meeting. growing proof that chemical weapons might have been used to kill more than 1,000 in syria, among them so many children. tonight volunteers, doctors without borders, inside syria, treating patients. now revealing the symptoms the
and gruesome images? abc's martha raddatz, standing by. >>> taking on trump. the state attorney general is suing donald trump tonight, after spending over 35 grand to attend trump university. what did they get in return? >>> and the little boy and his bravery. calling 911. >> someone's trying to break into my house. >> what he does, and that calming voice at the other end. >> you're doing good. you're doing real good. doing perfect. your mom's going to be so proud of you. >>> good evening and thanks for being here on a sunday night. and we do begin with the new threat this evening. the fierce winds now fueling the fire, burning in yosemite national park. winds expected through the evening and tonight, not only are fire crews trying to keep the flames from reaching thousands of homes, they are batting to protect those famous giant sequoias, the ancient treasures of the park. the fire has not reached them yet, but so many other trees the fire has reached. 133,000 acres, a huge part of the park, already charred. just listen to it tonight. the sound of the bone dry timber going up in flames
on the washington post website and martha burke, the money editor of ms. magazine and producer and host of "equal time with martha burke." you look too young to have been there. lynn, i want to ask you what did being there on that important day 50 years ago mean to you as an african-american woman? >> on that day 50 years ago, it was just the most amazing experience i'd ever had in my 16 years. you have to look at it in retrospect, we sometimes see things that you didn't see then, and you have to remember that at the point the people converged on washington, we as a community were off of a very hard fought battle in birmingham, in albany george. >>, in mississippi, in alabama, people were struggling to have the right to citizenship, the right to vote, the right to public accommodations. people were being jailed and this was a culmination of those efforts to come to washington and petition the federal government to intervene and insure that in fact all citizens have equal treatment. >> annie, you were there, too, 50 years ago. again, you were there today for the march today. how did being there in
forgotten, was it a chemical attack. is this the end of the arab spring? our martha raddatz is there. >>> and this is not your typical sports car, going from zero to 60 in seconds. and it may even be the safest car in america. we hit the road with the man on a mission to change the way we drive forever. >>> and come under fire. >>> stand down now! >> how a brave mother stopped the gunman, just the latest heroic woman to diffuse the violent situation. keep it right here, america. "nightline" is back in just 60 >>> this time, it appears deadly chemical weapons were used. potentially one of the worst war atroc atrocities in recent memory. our chief global correspondent martha raddatz was there. as a note to our viewers, this report includes a very disturbing and graphic image. >> reporter: the bodies sprawled across clinic floors, many of the victims children and even infants. others fighting for life, rescue crews trying to help them. victims frantically trying to get air, their bodies showing no other signs of injuries. no blood. >> the convulsions, we see a number of people, babies,
a direct hit on the united states? our martha raddatz is in the region with the news. >>> extreme weather forcing children to cool off in ice cubes, schools closed in six states and out west have fearless firefighters stopped the blaze near yosemite. >>> watch dog, we find $1 million of taxpayer money going to waste in a closet. trying to get action tonight. >>> hidden world, the closed life of the amish, is it finally exposed and is there really an amish mafia? >> good evening. as we begin tonight, the clock is ticking on u.s. military action in syria. the white house says a decision is near and u.s. war ships are in position. and the rest of the world is also joining the debate about what kind of action and exactly when. the goal, to stop a man using brutal chemical weapons 5,000 miles away. abc's martha raddatz has it all from the middle east. >> reporter: he is the man at the center of this horror. a brutal dictator who the vice president said today is undeniably responsible for gassing his own innocent people. >> there is no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical w
atrocities in recent memory. our chief global correspondent martha raddatz was there. as a note to our viewers, this report includes a very disturbing and graphic image. >> reporter: the bodies sprawled across clinic floors, many of the victims children and even infants. others fighting for life, rescue crews trying to help them. victims frantically trying to get air, their bodies showing no other signs of injuries. no blood. >> the convulsions, we see a number of people, babies, pinpointing the people -- gurgling is usually consistent with a type of nerve agent. >> reporter: the rebel say that syrian troops fired rockets on these innocents, rockets carrying poisionous gas, they deny it was used, calling the claims baseless. but this weapons expert says that the video shows clear signs. >> the only explanation i can really see is this looks like this fellows nerves are being destroyed potentially by something like sarin. >> reporter: if verified, this would be one of the worst chemical attacks in decades, the syrian opposition claiming over a thousand killed, but the estimates vary. wh
. it was interesting yesterday on martha's vineyard where the president is vacationing, the deputy secretary went farther than anyone had gone in saying that the events, the bloodshed which at that point was not even a guide, did call into question the interim government's intention to fulfill those promises. >> all right. we will continue, of course, and keep an eye on this developing story. p.j. crowelly, michael crowley and ann, thank you for your time. >> thank you. >>> now to breaking news out of beirut where some dramatic video is coming in. lebanon's news agency said a car bomb killed 14 people and injured over 200. that's a strong hold of the militant hezbollah group. dozens of people are trapped in cars and buildings. it's the second blast in over a month. >>> still ahead, new information from alabama where a couple of hours ago investigators recovered that black box recorder from that plane crash. >>> plus, more details emerging on the san diego murder and kidnapping case including what phone records show about the communication between 16-year-old hannah anderson and her abductor right
spending the day at martha's kitchen, it's that good work and easy work are far from the same thing. and something jose garcia can demonstrate for you with a meat slicer and a few dozen pounds of roast pork. >> i've been on it for about an hour and a half, and i've got about 45 minutes still. >> reporter: that still is a lot of sliced meat, but the folks at martha's kitchen are going to need it not to mention the 00s of potatoes and gallons of soup to go with t because when they open their doors later this day, 300 people are going to come through them, looking for a meal. it's a drill that is practiced twice a week at this location, san jose's sacred heart church, yet, still is only a frack shun of what they do around here. thanks in large part to the influence of martha's kitchen's executive director. after a career at high tech firms like ibm, apple and hp, shy got some bad news back in the early part of the last decade. >> what i thought was a devastating event of my life, when i got laid off, it was actually a blessing. >> reporter: a blessing, because she says while she always
? we warn you the images can be disturbing, as abc's chief global affairs correspondent, martha raddatz, tonight searches for the truth. >> reporter: the pictures are gut wrenching, the rebels fighting the regime say these are mothers, fathers, children killed while they slept in their homes in a damascus suburb. they say the syrian regime fired rockets on its own people, rockets carrying poisonous gas, leaving the innocent convulsing, foaming at the mouth, suffocating. >> i would be surprised if it turned out to be a fake. >> reporter: the images are impossible to verify for certain, and the assad regime denies the attack, saying the allegations are baseless. but we showed the pictures to a weapons expert. >> the only explanation i can see is this looks like this fellow's nerves are being destroyed potentially by something like sarin. >> reporter: the white house said today it is deeply concerned, but the white house has said that before. almost a year to the day president obama warning syria about crossing a red line. >> we have communicated in no uncertain terms with every player in
children try on gas masks. martha raddatz is there. >>> tonight the yo-yo sale. our brian ross fighting to keep you from paying more money on a car you just bought. >> you sold her a car and now you want her to pay more for it. >> no. >>> good evening. as we come on the air tonight we have breaking news. the president has moved the nation one step closer to military action against syria. he said he is certain that the order to fire those chemical weapons came directly from the syrian government. and he seemed to leave little doubt that america is moving toward action. the mid east region is on a new kind of alert tonight and abc's martha raddatz is there in jerusalem. >> reporter: thousands of syrians fleeing damascus as president obama leaves no doubt tonight in an interview with pbs that syria's president assad has crossed a red line. >> when countries break international norms on weapons like chemical weapons that could threaten us, they will be held accountable. >> reporter: the president said he has not yet made a decision to strike, but if one is launched, it would be aimed at pre
in the martha washington program, we learned with great sorrow martha washington burned all of her papers, her letters, her correspondence with her husband george. only two of them remained. we have just the opposite here. thousands and thousands of them. explain the scope of the trove of materials that you have to work with as scholars through the writings of the adams family. >> the adams family gave to the massachusetts historical society a collection. we have never counted them individually, but probably 70,000+ documents over several generations, and probably about 300,000 pages. for abigail and john, which is the most important of the collection, there are about 1,170 letters they exchanged over the years. >> how frequently did they write to one another? >> it depended. when they were together -- for example, we do not have any letters after 1801 because after john leaves the white house, they're together almost all the time. for periods, for example, when there is fairly regular mail delivery between massachussetts and philadelphia, or later washington, d.c., they wrote at least once a
is taking a break from washington this week. he's spending time with his family on martha's vineyard. the vacation comes as the president's approval rating is taking a nose-dive. major garrett is traveling with the president. >> reporter: every president needs to get away. president obama has done so less than his predecessor, president george w. bush. 14 trip and 92 vacation days compared to 50 trips and 223 for mr. bush. one common thread mr. obama's beginning to experience some second term blues. the president stepped on to the island paradise confronting some of the diceiest poll numbers of his presidency. it's only one poll but gallup constantly tracks his approval. 50% of the country disapproving. his approval rating was 51% last year a low not seen since december 2011. it's usually due to defections among democrats. revelations of counterterrorism surveillance programs more aggressive than during the bush years has unsettled the president's base. >> i want to make clear, once again, that america is not interested in spying on ordinary people. >> reporter:
to this lawsuit. martha? >> trace, thank you. what a story. >>> so we've got a disturbing update on the continued assault on coptic christians in egypt. a 10-year-old little girl shot and killed in the street as she left bible study class. we'll tell you what is happening in that story. >>> plus, yet another sports fan dies in a fatal fall from the upper deck at a sports stadium. the circumstances surrounding this young man's death are anything but clear at this point. >>> and north carolina is now the battleground in the fight over voting rights. we'll break down all the details, look at how the supreme court has opened a door to what may be the central battle for 26 teams. [ bottle ] okay, listen up! i'm here to get the lady of the house back on her feet. [ all gasp ] oj, veggies you're cool. mayo? corn dogs? you are so outta here! aah! 'cause i'm re-workin' the menu, keeping her healthy and you on your toes. [ female announcer ] the complete balanced nutrition of great-tasting ensure. 24 vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and 9 grams of protein. i see you, cupcake! uh-oh! [ bottle ] the numb
at the beginning, exploring the life and times of martha washington. >> martha washington was george washington's confidant. >> she was a person very absorbed in duty and very capable. but she didn't like that. she called herself a prisoner of state. >> by the same token that every step washington took to find the office, so in a very real sense kit be said everything martha washington did like wise. >> it was a business-like relationship, but not i think without affection. i thinkth
of days then he scoots off to martha's vineyard for his own vacation. but to the extent there is any news, we'll tell you about it and give you a chance to comment on it at 1-866-55-press. join us on twitter at bpshow and on facebook at facebook.com/billpressshow. he goes up to martha's vineyard for vacation with his family, one person the president will not be playing golf with is vladimir putin. in fact, yesterday, the white house announced that the president was canceling his scheduled summit with vladimir putin before the g-20 meeting in st. petersburg because the president is pissed that vladimir putin gave a one-year asylum to edward snowden. for that, everything else goes on the rocks. and rick scott in florida says he's going to try once again to prevent latinos and blacks from voting. wow! on current tv. tell you all about it. are you encouraged by what you we have a big, big hour and the iq will go way up. (vo) current tv gets the conversation started weekdays at 9 eastern. >> i'm a slutty bob hope. the troops love me. tv and radio talk show host stephanie miller rounds out curr
. >> from abc news, a special edition of "this week" with martha raddatz in cairo. and jonathan karl in washington. starts right now. >>> good morning, george is off today. we're reporting from a region on the brink, and all eyes are on syria, where an apparent chemical weapons attack could lead to american military action. here in cairo, we're just 100 miles from the mediterranean sea where u.s. warships are now at the ready. this morning, officials tell abc news that u.s. navy destroyers now in the mediterranean could be used to carry out limited military strikes. cruise missile strikes, designed to deter or prevent another chemical attack by the assad regime. if this week's suspected attack is verified. >> this is clearly a big event. of grave concern. that starts getting to some core national interest that the united states has. >> president obama has so far been unwilling to militarily intervene in syria, despite the deaths of more than 100,000 people and a vow he made more than one year ago. >> that's a red line for us. and that there would be enormous consequences if we start
. the president today silent on the matter as he continues his vacation on martha's vineyard. press secretary josh earnest is condemning those attacks before secretary of state john kerry made this remark. including the leader of choice, mohammed morsi. >> these events are deplorable. and they run counter to egyptian aspirations for peace and genuine democracy. egyptians inside and outside of the government need to take a step back. reporter: this as the obama state department refuses to claim that egypt is embroiled in a civil war or that the military takeover could be described as a coup. we are looking at administration but still has not defined what has happened in a foreign nation over a month ago since the president was removed from office. or how they plan, for that matter, to preserve american interests in that region and nation. chief washington correspondent james rosen has the report. reporter: u.s. officials say these officials firing on protesters again, that raised the specter of civil war in the most popular arab nation, america's top diplomat in a hastily arranged appearance once a
martha raddatz is in the region for us tonight. >> reporter: it's a terrible and urgent task. tonight the u.s. and u.n. racing to find out whether chemical weapons killed these men, women and children and just how many died. today a shocking new number from opposition groups revealed in washington. >> the most recent estimates we've seen range from 1,000 to 1800 which is obviously a broad range. >> reporter: the assad regime says the claims that it carried out a chemical attack are baseless. but the world is reacting swiftly and forcefully. as u.n. investigators beg for access to the site, the evidence may be quickly dissipating. david, tonight president obama has directed the intelligence community to do everything possible to find additional information about this suspected attack, but we don't know what the u.s. response would be. david? >> martha raddatz with us again tonight. thank you. >>> also new word this evening on americans now believed to have joined the fight on the ground in syria potentially helping terrorist groups there. could those americans, in fact, pose a threat t
might soon be involved. abc's martha raddatz in the region on what it was the president said. >> reporter: these are the images that have had the white house huddled in marathon meetings. the suspected chemical attack, syrian women, children, estimates ranging upward of 1,000 killed. >> what we've seen indicates this is clearly a big event of grave concern. >> reporter: speaking to cnn, the president raising the stakes. >> that starts getting to some core national interests that the united states has. >> reporter: syria's chaos. its chemical weapons and its breeding of terror, a threat to the entire region and our key ally, israel. all of which could mean a threat to america. on the table, everything from missile strikes, on down to the formal arming of the rebels, which america has committed to, but still has not done. but those images of the suspected attack and that stunning milestone of a million children fleeing their homes has nations across the globe saying now is the time to act. david, the president does not want to go to war with syria. america does not want to go t
a lot of the perceptions and the lenses that people are emphasizing for people in real life. martha stewart is often perceived as a woman who is too aggressive and not nice, and even the "b" word used to describe her. and that's totally a gender stereotype. if you had martha stewart as a man, she wouldn't be considered a good business person, and the lens through which people saw different. >> bill, as i was growing up in my adult years there was a snobbery about television, and people wore a badge of honor in the fact that they didn't have a tv set. and you said you were one of those people, but now you've changed your tune, and have written about it, saying that tv may be the signature cultural achievement of america in the 21st century. >> in the last couple of decades, i think it's unquestionable. and that's your point about the emmys and stuff. even if breaking bad gets 20% of the viewers that seinfeld did, it says something about our society when the great artists are working out these problems, right? so you go back to tony soprano, and this is the man who is shot through the
, but who gave that order and would this draw america into another conflict? abc's martha raddatz is in egypt tonight covering the region and the question, what happens now? >> reporter: after coming under repeated sniper fire, u.n. investigators donned helmets and bulletproof vests today and returned to the damascus suburbs to interview survivors of the horrific attack. this is the effect of chemicals, one doctor told the investigators, and tonight the u.s. secretary of state said the u.s. has little doubt that it is true. >> make no mistake, president obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world's most heinous weapons against the world's most vulnerable people. >> reporter: images from the attack are hard to watch. secretary kerry spoke about the hundreds, maybe thousands of innocents who were killed. >> as a father, i can't get the image out of my head of a man who held up his dead child, wailing while chaos swirled around him, the images of entire families dead in their beds without a drop of blood or a visible wound, bodies contorting in spasm
the crisis in syria and we begin with abc's chief global affairs correspondent, martha raddatz, with what the white house says are reasons something must be done. >> reporter: in the situation room this morning, the president's national security team huddled to discuss options in syria, and this afternoon, his secretary of state presented the most forceful case for a military strike to date. >> what we choose to do or not do, matters in real ways to our own security. some cite the risk of doing things. we need to ask, what is the risk of doing nothing? >> reporter: calling syria's president a thug and murderer who gassed his own people while they slept. kerry laid out detailed human intelligence, satellite tracking that showed rocket trajectory, communications intercepts and orders to syrian troops. >> we know that the syrian regime elements were told to prepare for the attack by putting on gas masks and taking precautions associated with chemical weapons. >> reporter: but it's the images and the stories from the survivors that are clearly the most compelling. and that number. 1,429. 1,42
as catherine. she is doing a fantastic job. martha: how do you think he is doing, gregg? >> future king changing diapers? i don't buy it. martha: of course he does. we'll leave you on that night. bye everybody. see you tomorrow. have a good day. >> brand new stories and breaking news to bring you. jon: almost impossible to imagine the crisis in egypt is growing worse. dozens of egyptian police officers are massacred in an ambush. >>> the e.u. holds an emergency meeting trying to stop the brutal violence as some u.s. lawmakers call for an end to military aid to egypt. >>> a tearful oscar pistorius indicted today on charges he murdered his model girlfriend. he is set to stand trial this winter in south africa. our legal panel weighs in. >>> so many kids are using smartphones these days. a new study said, staring at that little screen could cause permanent damage to young eyes. the doctor is in. it is all "happening now." jon: and horrific news out of egypt on this monday as calls increase here at home to stop spending your tax dollars on a country in such turmoil. good morning. i'm jon sc
this week. he's spending time with his family on martha's vineyard, but va t the vacation comes as the economy nosedives. >> the president has done so less than his pred sez or george w. bush. 14 trips and 19 days. one kmon thread mr. obama's beginning to experience some second term blues. the president stepped onto the island paradise confronting some of the diceiest poll numbers of his presidency. it's only one poll but gallop constantly tracks presidential approval. mr. obama's is at 42% with 50% of the country disapproving. his approval rating was 41% last week, a low not seen since december of 201. when the president's approval rating dips this low, it's usually due to defections among democrats. surveillance have unsettled the president's place. republicans accuse him of ducking the issue for weeks. >> when the story initially broke, the president went undercover. he was trying to come up with ways to salvage the program by window dressing. >> i applaud the president for continuing the nsa program. what i'm very critical of him for, though, is basic
for us. let me start with you, martha and ask you about the president's decision. we saw what happened in parliament yesterday, and david cameron, we know if we go, we go without the support of other countries, maybe france, that's it at the moment. martha, what kind of gamble is the president taking by waiting until congress comes back, debates and weighs in. >> well, i was surprised at what he said today, and giving this tell graphing of time. i think the congress should have been called back on the 22nd of september, the day after we knew that it happened. there are three concerns that we have very quickly. we've got to be sure that they aren't moving these chemical weapons, those are things we need to be aware of. we need to be assure that israel doesn't get attacked. finally, we really don't know what russia is going to do. and they have tried to play the good cop bad cop while they've been supporting hezbollah. there's a lot of questions that need to be asked, i don't think tell graphing the times is the best way to do it. >> this is not really a barm issue. this is an issue, and
and political will. we'll have more from washington in a few moments. but first back to the region, martha. >> thanks, jon. let's bring in colonel steve, a veteran fighter pilot who flew missions in the gulf war and was a deputy secretary of state. welcome, colonel. let's get to the question about the cruise missile strikes. the white house said there will be no boots on the ground. how would these work out of the mediterranean? >> there are a couple ways it could be done. one is by launching them from ships at sea out in the eastern mediterranean or from submari submarines. it's a long, 20-foot sort of flying torpedo, and has wings and a little jet engine that allows it to fly at low altit e altitudes over the sea. it can fly through mountain canyons and hit with accuracies where you can pick third window on the left. that is good. but we have to remember they're small warheads, and not a lot of these missiles. right up front, if it's low-risk, we're going to be prescribed in the amount of military force we can apply. >> one of the things we have talked to people about, is there might be
. will the white house take action, after new and gruesome images? abc's martha raddatz, standing by. >>> taking on trump. the state attorney general is suing donald trump tonight, after spending over 35 grand to attend trump university. what did they get in return? >>> and the little boy and his bravery. calling 911. >> someone's trying to break into my house. >> what he does, and that calming voice at the other end. >> you're doing good. you're doing real good.
, martha raddatz. martha, we're hearing that they're ready to go alone. but hoping to put together some time of coalition. >> reporter: they are. time is running out, george. the president wishes he didn't have to go it alone. but he's entirely willing to do that. we have the warships, and cruise missiles, and a fifth destroyer packed with cruise missiles in the mediterranean. >> so much signaling now that it will be a strike. that's giving the syrians warnings and plenty of ability to prepare and counter that. >> reporter: there's reports out of syria, that the syrian regime is moving important people, experts, out of important buildings and airfields. and reports they are bringing busloads of other people in. that might mean they would have images of dead people they would say were caused by the bombs. or try to use them as human shields. which probably wouldn't work. >> the other big question, what kind of retaliation should the united states and the west expect in the event of a syrian strike? and you just came from israel, which is clearly going to be one of the first targets. >> r
goler traveling with the president in martha's vineyard that could leave you paying more out of pocket. good evening, wendell. >> reporter: good evening, shannon. the concession involves the cap on out of pocket costs to go into effect next year, it could double costs for people that use one to manage medical coverage and another for prescription drug benefits. as the president settled in to vacation life on martha's vineyard, word of a new obama care concession to insurance companies, involving the $6300 a year cap on deductibles and co-pays that was supposed to go into effect next year. officials say insurers sometimes use different companies to administer medical coverage and drug benefits, their computers don't always talk to each other. in those rare cases, people could pay twice the out of pocket costs. this ceo says the president was right when he warned there would be a learning curve. >> they're trying to recreate many of the things insurance companies got good at doing. what they're going to learn is this is not so easy. >> reporter: the latest concession was granted before t
rebuke of the egyptian government. wendell goler is with the president on martha's vineyard tonight. >> reporter: egypt's most violent day since the ouster of hosni maubarak pulled the president out of vacation briefly and said the u.s. will boycott joint exercises that had been set next month. >> our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets and rights are being rolled back. >> reporter: the biannual exercises began two years after the egypt-israel peace treaty and once a mainstay of the relationship and haven't been held since 2009 because of the continue i continuing instability. here on martha's vineyard, president obama has spent time on the phone with the national security team and briefed by the national security advisor but hasn't co hasn't -- talking about egypt's problems. >> reporter: they both have accused him of supporting the other side and so have his critics in this country. >> the president has put his thumb down on the scale on the side of the muslim brotherhood. this will resonate all over egypt and not do us a
to the situation in egypt from martha's vineyard where he is on vacation . he condemned the violence, but stopped short of calling it a coup or announcing cuts to the $1.5 billion in aid to egypt's military. >> while we want to sustain our relationship with egypt, our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets and rights are being rolled back. as a result, this morning we notified the egyptian government that we are canceling our biannual joint military exercise , which was scheduled for next month. going forward i have asked my team to assess the implications of the actions taken by the interim government and further steps that we may take as necessary with respect to the u.s.-egyptian relation. >> the state department spokesperson said the administration is reviewing aid to egypt and all forms. we will get an update from cairo with sharif abdel kouddous later .n the broadcast the washington post reports the national security agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since it was given broa
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